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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

May 20, 2023

How do your expectations affect your mind and body? In this week’s podcast, Sonya speaks with award-winning science writer David Robson about the expectation effect and how your expectations change how you physically and mentally react to various situations.

David is the author of two books, the most recent, the main subject of this podcast - The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life. He also authored The Intelligence Trap in 2019. 

David graduated with a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and then worked as a features editor at New Scientist. He then moved to BBC Future as a senior journalist. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Men’s Health and more. He’s received awards from the Association of British Science Writers and the UK Medical Journalists’ Association (MJA) and, in 2022, won Mental Health Story of the Year at the MJA Annual Awards.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is the expectation effect?
  • Overcoming negative expectations
  • How mindset relates to expectations
  • How your relationships affect expectations and outcomes
  • Setting yourself up for prime performance
  • Setting realistic expectations
  • Expectations and food
  • The placebo effect